The state local government election has been set for April 27, 2024, according to a Thursday announcement from the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission.
In a meeting with political parties on Thursday, Saidu Awak, the chairperson of the state electoral body, reaffirmed this, stating that the gathering was a follow-up to Governor Muhammadu Yahaya’s approval of the poll’s conduct throughout the 11 LGs.
The last time the LG election held in the state was in December 2020, when the ruling All Progressives Congress cleared the 11 LGA seats and councillorships across the 114 wards.
Awak said, “Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Yahaya, has approved that the State Independent Electoral Commission conduct elections in all the 11 local government areas of the state.
“We believe that all of you are fully aware of the serious economic problems, the acute fuel expense, and the security challenges facing our beloved country, Nigeria. Our Jewel in Savannah, Gombe State is not exempt from these hardships and challenges.
“For emphasis and clarity, we hereby state that the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission, today the 18th of January 2024 gives the mandatory 101 days’ notice of poll to interested political parties who wish or want to participate in the local government election scheduled to hold on the 27th of April, 2024.”
While assuring them of a smooth and transparent process, the GOSIEC boss urged political parties to conduct their business within the expectation of the law, adding “At this juncture, we wish to call on all Political Parties to ensure that they conduct their primaries within the time frame that will be given to them.
“We also wish to call on the leadership of all the political parties that intend to contest in this election to impress on their members and supporters to be law-abiding and respectful in their conduct of relationship with fellow players of politics.”
“We fervently pray that the State witnesses peace during campaigns, primaries, the actual elections, and all the days of our lives,” Awak continued. We genuinely ask that you conduct yourself as responsible and mature Gombe State citizens as we get down to business. In fact, we demand it.
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